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Friday, October 24, 2008

Get Organized Now for Christmas - Day 4 - Create Christmas Calendar

Your Christmas Calendar will serve as your road map for the upcoming season. Add the calendar pages to your Christmas Notebook.

The calendar is one of the most important aspects of holiday planning. There are many Internet sites (see bottom of post) that have free calendar programs where you can print customized calendars. Or you can create your own calendar. Make the squares for each day are big enough to add comments and events.

Print out a monthly calendar for each month, October through January. Its easier if you do one month per page so you have lots of writing room. What kind of grid/calendar you use is based solely on personal preference.

Input birthdays, anniversaries, school events, lay-a-way payment due dates, holiday break for the kids, parties you plan on attending, the date of the annual Open House, the date of the Cookie Exchange, and days off from work.

You need to schedule time on your calendar to work on projects. Make a list of all the things that need to be done during the Christmas season and make sure they get a date on your calendar not only to work on it but also for completion. Mark the due date for these projects. Add baking time, crafting time, and shopping time. Don't forget to add time for wrapping gifts because that is a big project. Other projects may include decorating your tree, making and mailing Christmas cards, mailing Christmas packages, due date for the Angel Tree gifts, getting annual Christmas photographs taken, etc.

There is one thing you should not over look in order to help your stress during this Christmas season - you must actually do what is on your calendar! Even by accomplishing one or two of your tasks on your calendar will help lessen the stress of the holiday.

Below are various free printable calendar pages: http://familycrafts.about.com/cs/calendars/a/122900a.htm

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